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John Lent


John Lent was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1948; he grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. He studied at the University of Alberta from 1965-71, concentrating in his graduate studies on Modernist art movements and experiments with form. He was taught by the noted Canadian novelist, Sheila Watson, and the Canadian playwright, Wilfred Watson. Lent's thesis was on the plays of T.S. Eliot: an analysis of "the schizophrenic adjustment we all have to make to the demands of Western society--a society that imposes material, social and spiritual roles." Lent pursued Doctoral studies at York University on Malcolm Lowry and the issue of subjectivity. For the last twenty years he has taught English literature and Creative Writing at a number of universities: Alberta, Notre Dame (Nelson), Regina, and Okanagan University College. Lent currently lives and teaches in Vernon, British Columbia. He has published six books of poetry, three books of fiction and one book of non-fiction (with Robert Kroetsch).

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Monet's Garden. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown, 1996.
The Face in the Garden. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown, 1990.
Frieze. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown, 1984.
Wood Lake Music. Vancouver: Harbour, 1982.
Black Horses, Cobalt Suns. Greenboathouse Books, 2000
So It Won't Go Away. Thistledown Press, 2005
Abundance (with Robert Kroetsch). Kalamalka P{ress, 2007
A Rock Solid. Dreadnaught Press, 1978
Cantilevered Songs. Thistledown Press, 2009
The Path To Ardroe. Thistledown Press, 2012


Shortlisted, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for So It Won't Go Away, 2005
Poet Laureate, Okanagan Valley for Okanagan Insitute, 2010
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